Mt. SAC Board of Trustees


Manuel Baca

Dr. Manuel Baca, President
Area 7

Dr. Manuel Baca was first elected to the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees in 1999.  Trustee Baca represents Area 7, which covers Pomona and north Diamond Bar, where he and his wife, Gloria, reside.  During his tenure on the governing board, he has served multiple terms as president.

Trustee Baca's professional experience spans the state university and community college systems.  He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, where he held key academic and administrative positions including interim president.  He is also adjunct faculty member with the California State University, Los Angeles Charter School of Education (EdD Program).

Dr. Baca is former President (2012-14) of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, which sets policy, establishes regulations, and provides guidance for the 73 districts and 116 colleges that comprise the nation's largest public higher education system.  In addition to other appointed positions, he served on the California Community Colleges System Strategic Planning Steering Committee (2005) and the Student Success Task Force (2011), which led to the formulation and passage of the Student Success Act of 2012.  In addition, the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy was initiated while he was chair of the Board of Governors.  Currently, Dr. Baca is a member of the advisory committee for Wheelhouse, The Center for Community College Leadership and Research at UC Davis, and Immediate Past Chair of the Foundation for California Community Colleges (offices in Sacramento).

Trustee Baca earned an associate degree from Rio Hondo College and received his other undergraduate degree and graduate degree at California State University, Fullerton.  His Doctorate (PhD) in Education is from the University of California (USC) and completed post-graduate work at UCLA.  His involvement with a number of community-based agencies and professional organizations within the Los Angeles area and the San Gabriel Valley is extensive.  An active supporter and advocate for veterans, Dr. Baca served in the United States Marine Corps.

(re-elected 2020)